Mountain climb adventures. They tell us going down is actually harder than going up.
Adventurer Mark Loftin explores the glaciers of Alaska, including climbing ice walls, rappelling down and sitting before the beauty of an ever-changing, surreal ice wonderland. It turned out to be an antidote to the information overload of daily life.
This Mount Everest adventure story is one of our first real-time adventures back in 2000 broadcast via satellite phone. Doug reports six people die on Everest.
Imagine riding your bike 7,000 miles to Nepal, carrying a year's supply of gear and food. Next, think about carrying 143 pounds, unassisted, up to Everest Base Camp. Now picture yourself climbing the world's tallest mountain alone, completely self-contained, without the help of Sherpas and without bottled oxygen. Sound impossible? In May of 1996, a Swedish mountaineer named Göran Kropp accomplished just that. Then he packed his gear and biked back home.
Paul Mansky: "You're on top of the world, vast views and vistas in every direction. 5,000 feet down to the floor of the valley. You can see in all directions, perfect blue sky, the wind blowing... "